This is the fourth day we are fighting against the fire at Los Cascabeles. Yesterday things have calmed down a little bit, our rangers hired four boys from the neighborhood to make a sweep over the whole area in order to find the pockets of ember and eradicate them. They managed to close down all spots except one.
In the morning, the strong winds ignited the spot again. Our rangers started to control the fire from the morning. Since we had no driver until ten in the morning, Nadia could go out to Los Cascabeles, taking with her three volunteer fire fighters. The kids stayed at home today.
Again, it seems that there were somebody laying fires. We have already filed charges, but changes are low to find out who it was.
It was a very hot day, we had at least 37°C (98.6F) and Nadia shot dramatic pictures and videos of the man and women fighting the fire.
The first picture show the fire fight while ascending the hill, the two before the last one are on top of the hill at the southern corner and the last one is on descend of the mountain.
The fight will continue tomorrow and I will finally be able to go out to Los Cascabeles by myself.
It is clear to me, that in the future we will need to invest into prevention and raising of conscience, besides defensive means and reactive fire fighting. The current estimate of lost woodland is 90 acres on Los Cascabeles and our east side neighbours finca La Fortuna. The down wind (west side) finca had about 140 acres burned down – they did not bother to move out.